Budapest, May 26 (MTI) – Hungary’s parliament on Monday approved the structure of Viktor Orban’s third government with 119 votes for, 56 against and a single abstention today.
The new Fidesz-Christian-Democrat government will operate with nine ministries: the Prime Minister’s Office, which receives ministry status, and the following ministries: interior, human resources, agriculture, defence, justice, external economy and foreign affairs, national economy Ministry and finally national development.
Orban is expected to inform parliament of his nominations to the post of ministers this week, and a hearing of the nominees is expected to start on June 2.
A new independent justice ministry will operate in place of the ministry of justice and public administration, with the latter tasks transferred to the cabinet office. Orban said last week that this decision was in anticipation of conflicts with Brussels.
The ministry of rural development is renamed Ministry of Agriculture and the tasks related to regional development could may also be transferred to the cabinet office.
The ministry of foreign affairs becomes the Ministry of External Economy and Foreign Affairs and domestic economic matters will be handled by the National Economy Ministry.
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